1. February 23, 2014 I interviewed expressionist/painter ‘Nebulus Flair’ & also did a photoset with her entitled “Abstract Easel”. We discussed what influenced her to begin painting & what mark she wants to leave with her work for the people.

    1. Where are you from & how has hometown/environment influenced you & you art?

    I was born&raised in West Philadelphia. When I started painting in 2012, I actually had no idea that Philly’s art scene was the way it is. I did not know anybody out here doing his or her thing, so being from Philly didn’t really influence me until a few months into me painting. One of the things Philly taught me is that if you are going to step outside the box, you had just better make it something good. It’s a cutthroat city, so you HAVE to come correct or don’t come at all. Many artists here are portrait & fine artists, whereas through my art is more so raw, like my city.

    2. At What period in your life did you start painting, & where do you pull your inspiration from?

    I started painting after I quit my job at UPS in 2012. It was a rather unusual time in my life because I could not help but feel like I just wanted more. I was so tired of going to work and going straight home. At that point, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, I just wanted more out of my life..I was miserable and painting sorta fell in my lap. I have always been a curious person, always touching something and wanting to see how things work. Therefore when I went down the arts&crafts aisle in Wal-Mart, I brought paint. It literally started from there..it’s that cut&dry. When I paint these days I get inspired from what is inside my mind, how i am feeling and the vibe i’m in. If I am sad, I’ll use a lot of black & muddy colors, if i’m happy I use bright /vibrant colors & if I’m just feeling neutral I like to use more blues and greens, I’ve noticed this about myself.

    3. As an artist do you wish for the people..the audience to connect with your work, and if so what do you want them to intake?

    I always want people to feel something when they see my art. I have been told that my art has metaphysical attributes to it so hopefully it does make them feel a connection. Overall, I want people to get an infinite feeling when they see my paintings. Potential is something important to me because once I realized mine I felt infinite, so I want people to get a sense of “you can do whatever it is you want” if they don’t get anything else, I really want my audience to realize their potential if they haven’t already and to just shoot for lightyears away.

    4. What does the name ‘Nebulus Flair’ mean to  you?

    Well ‘Nebulus’ comes from the real version of the word ‘Nebulous’ and ‘Flair’ is just another word for ‘art’. A nebulous is what you call dust clouds from space that are formed by tiny space matters. To me Nebulus Flair means making something out of virtually nothing, adding your own flair to it and remaining infinite in all you do.

    5. in 15-20 years, do you see yourself painting still?

    On my private island off the map……yes I do.

     
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    2014

     
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    2014

     
  4. Kaylah Coleman 

    2013

     
  5. December 2nd, 2013 I interviewed my brother Lorenzo Umstead & also did a photoset with him in WestPark Projects entitled ‘11’..located in West Philadelphia, PA(44th&Market)

    I conversed with him about his childhood growing up in WestPark, & how it’s influenced him throughout his young life.

    1. Being born&raised here in West Philadelphia, PA in WestPark Projects how has that shaped you into the individual you are present day 2013?

    Being raised here you would think it was a dread, which it was sometimes.. the existential ramifications can be very dark you know. It’s all these different personalities that you have to get used to. There’s folks living on-top of you, below you & on both sides. But this place made me golden..it taught me honesty, it taught me integrity, it taught me mastery..it taught me resolve and toughness as well because you needed that to survive. It was a brilliant upbringing. Reason why it was brilliant is because I had a father from Durham, North Carolina who was a drug dealer who taught me about the riffs of the streets and how things go down in them, and how a man should carry himself within the streets…just a very real street guy who I had as a father. Then on the other hand, I had a mother from South Philly who was a dental assistant turned early Childcare educator who taught me about my faith, how to love and just constantly telling me to smile. Two totally different people who lived by polar opposite codes, and 34 years later they are still together and I am here today at 21 years of age.

    2. Explain your educational background & why you chose to attend catholic institutions from preschool-HS..

    I attended St. Ignatius of Loyola elementary from 1st-8th grade and then from there I attended The West Philadelphia Catholic High School. It’s funny because attending catholic school wasn’t really my choice, I thought I had no choice in the matter. It was really a matter of where my parents wanted to send me.

    3. Was receiving a catholic/private education, but also living in the housing projects your entire life ever a struggle to balance due to the intense/obvious differences between the two in atmosphere?

    It was a total challenge because you had to learn how to properly operate within these two environments. At one place you had to be respectful, holy and studious and in the other environment you sorta had to be stern, tough and just basically a hood “nigga” so the balance was very difficult to master. You know I walked to school everyday, so leaving the pissy hallways of WestPark Projects and then entering the corridors of St. Ignatius and then West Catholic, you kinda had to quickly transform into this young man who when you looked at him “projects” was not the place he wanted you to think he was from.

    4. What is your fondest memory growing up in WestPark?

    My fondest memory of growing up in WestPark was when I was about 10 years old , chillin’ outside on my bike and a cop said to me “shouldn’t you be in school right now?”..”Do you even go to school?”..and then he says “Does your mom even care about you to send you to school?”..so I replied “I go to Catholic school, today is ‘All Saints Day’, I don’t have school.” The reason why this particular moment is so fond to me is because a place where kids and adults alike get harassed by police, I was able to prove this guy wrong. That story tells the story of my “proper defiance’ or ‘proper rebellion’ if you will..

    5. As a 21 year-old king, what advice would you give to a young king/queen who is coming up in the same circumstances you were raised in, & how can they stay on the path to success as yourself?

    The advice that I would give would be, just find your own truth..find these answers and you will find a way to master your environment, to master your situation, keep something that is bigger than oneself in your heart and mind, release that positive energy and it will be reciprocated.

     
  6. Kaylah Coleman

    2013